Rapoport Center Fall Speaker Series

The Rapoport Center is pleased to announced the fall Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series, which is part of a workshop entitled “Human Rights, Law, and Democracy,” co-taught by Rapoport Center co-director Professor Dan Brinks and his colleague in government Professor Zach Elkins.

This semester, the series takes a comparative turn, bringing in speakers who work primarily on rights and rights protection at the domestic rather than international level.  The talks will address the institutional infrastructure that is meant to support rights, such as courts and judges, as well as social movements that seek to use a rights discourse to advance their cause.  The series will also include theoretical presentations on the uneasy place of multiculturalism within a liberal rights framework and on the way in which US constitutional practices informed early constitutionalism in Latin America.  The speakers conform a distinguished roster of scholars working on issues central to the realization of rights and democracy across the world.

We invite you to join us for any or all of the talks, which will all take place on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-5:45 in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at the Law School.  They are free and open to the public.

September 25, 2012

James Gibson

Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Citizenship and Democratic Values, Washington University in St. Louis
“Electing Judges: The Surprising Effects of Campaigning on Judicial Legitimacy”

October 16, 2012

Mala Htun
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico
“Politics of Inclusion: Women, Afrodescendants, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America”

October 23, 2012

Clifford Carrubba
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Law, Politics, and Economics, Emory University
Matthew Gabel
Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
“The Politics of Compliance with International Courts: A General Theory with Evidence from the European Court of Justice”

November 6, 2012

Jonathan Miller
Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
“Borrowing a Constitution: The U.S. Constitution in Argentina and the Heyday of the Argentine Supreme Court (1853-1930)”

November 13, 2012

Keith Banting
Professor of Political Studies and Policy Studies and Queen’s Chair in Public Policy, Queen’s University
“Is There Really an International Backlash Against Multiculturalism Policies? New Evidence from the Multiculturalism Policy Index”

Further information on the speakers can be found online at: